Nov 18, 2022

‘taut, intelligent thriller’ A Game of Life or Death picked by
The Bookseller as
One to Watch

Triona Campbell’s

Ahead of it’s publication on the 2nd February by Scholastic. The Bookseller has highlighted A Game of Life or Death as a Teen & YA one to watch.

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They say that ‘this taut, intelligent thriller raises important questions about technology and the power it has over our lives’


Signed as part of a three-book deal in auction with Emmy nominated producer Triona, A Game of Life or Death is an addictive speculative thriller from a sensational new voice in YA fiction.


When sixteen-year-old Asha Kennedy discovers her older sister Maya's dead body in their home, her world falls apart. Desperate for answers, and to stay out of the hands of the social services she grew up in, Asha turns to her hacker friends for help.

Her search leads her to Zu Tech, the hit games studio where Maya was a lead coder. As Asha begins to unravel the riddle of her death, she realises that the only way to uncover the truth is from the inside. Asha ghosts her old life and infiltrates a Zu Tech eSport tournament as they launch 'SHACKLE', the revolutionary Virtual Reality video game Maya was working on - and which hides a monstrous secret...

Described as perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, A Game of Life or Death is the first book in a major new YA series.


A break neck spiral through the dark side of the tech world. Tightly plotted, tense and utterly fascinating.”

Cynthia Murphy

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